Covenant Clinic in Post Closing - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/27/03

Covenant Clinic in Post Closing

From layoffs to closings, Covenant Medical Center is still trying to find ways to cut back. They've already closed one clinic in New Mexico and one in east Lubbock, now, the clinic in Post is closing as well.

The Post clinic is the only medical facility in Garza County. Without it, residents will have to travel at least 30 minutes to see a doctor. On Monday night, a special meeting was called for citizens of the community and their hospital board to discuss what's next. Dozens of Garza County residents gathered with the same concern, the future healthcare for their town.

"We're very interested in having a hospital here in Post. We need it. Post needs it," said J.W. Strawn of Post.

"People that live here and the elders, we need medical care," said Alice Cruse, a Post resident.

"If anybody doesn't know the clinic, Covenant is closing the clinic on February 28th," said Mike Travis, Medical Board President.

And with that said the next step was to discuss future options for medical care. Board members made it very clear. They have every intention of getting another clinic in Post, hopefully to open the day after the current clinic closes.

"We could look into getting our own clinic license. Also, we could contract with a physician to run the bill under their number. Another alternative would be getting a service to run the clinic for us," said Tanya Boucher White.

Residents seemed relieved with the boards proactive de scions, as many feel not having a local clinic would be a tragedy.

"It will effect us, but I think it will effect a lot of older people that use the clinic all the time," said Bessie Strawn.

"It's going to be a real hardship on the people of Post and Garza County," said Odie Hood of Justiceburg.

Board members assured the citizens they will come up with a short term plan and a long term solution, keeping health care inside the city limits.

Garza County citizens were also relieved to hear from a representative of an area clinic service that's interested in the Post clinic. The board and community will meet again Thursday, with Covenant representatives on hand to answer questions.

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